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Jan. 29, 2014

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HEAD COACH Ryun Williams

(opening statement)

“Character win. That was a character win by our kids. You give up 25 offensive boards and still find a way to win, that’s just this group. They keep finding a way I don’t know how many times have we said that. In The Pit, we shoot free throws poorly and still find a way to win. Nevada was really good tonight. They were exceptional tonight. They had some kids play well and we were lucky to get out of here with a victory.”

(on crowd)

“I thought that last 4 minutes when the crowd stood up and we strung a couple of stops together that was crucial, absolutely crucial and we needed them tonight. Some of those other games they got to sit on their hands the last 10 minutes and enjoy, but tonight we needed them and they came through like champions.”

(on offense)

“Offensively we always felt fine, we always felt like we were putting positive possessions together and even when we weren’t making baskets they were still good shots. I thought our motion was really nice and I thought we ran it well. We can’t argue with what we did offensively and the balance it was the other end that almost cost us the game tonight.”

“We are here to turn this thing into a winning program and we’re doing that. These kids are going to win, they’re going to win. I just wish they weren’t so hard on my heart though.”


Sam Martin

(on overall performance)

“We calmed down a little bit and got our run on offense. We started getting a few stops, rebounding a little bit, got in our groove and playing together. That’s why we started winning in the end.”

(on crowd)

“The crowd was huge, we built off of the crowd and built off of each other. That was big for our team.”

“It was definitely loud. I felt like on defense I couldn’t even tell everyone what was going on because it was extremely loud. I think that really helped us because the crowd was into it, we were into it, and so we wanted to win. The crowd was huge tonight.”

“It definitely is really nice to see the support grow, but we want more.”

(on winning record)

“Coach always says we’re here and we’re going to compete on the court no matter who we’re playing. This game is over now and we’re just going to look to Saturday. We’re going to keep going and that’s the mentality for our team.”

(on difficulty of opponent)

“I actually didn’t really notice who was on me unless it was 55 when she was in. It’s one of those things where you have to play your game and not dictate to who’s guarding you. Except for 55 because she had some long arms, which made it hard to post her up.”

Ellen Nystrom

(on difficulty of opponent)

“They made crazy shots and it was hard to guard them because you didn’t think they were going to shoot, but then they did.”

“They kept fighting the whole game.”

Gritt Ryder

(on Nevada’s offensive rebounding)

“Obviously, it’s frustrating when you guard for 25 seconds, then another 25 seconds. That’s definitely something we need to step up on. It’s not a skill, it’s toughness, which we should be able to do and we’re definitely going to work on that before the game on Saturday.”

(on crowd)

“There are still a lot more seats available in there. We haven’t sold out yet.”

(on overall feel of the game)

“We just didn’t stop playing and kept going the whole game.”

(on difficulty of opponent)

“When they got going, it was contagious. It was not just one player, they were a really good team which made them hard to guard. I’m just happy we ended up with a win.”

(on defensive adjustments)

“We went from zone to man. Obviously, it’s easier to box out when you know you’re responsibility and I think that helped us. Then, just as the crowd got going and the intensity got going we ended up being more aggressive.”



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